Hello and Welcome to The Sweat Life!
Maybe you’ve been following us on social media and are already familiar with me and The Sweat Life, or this could be your first time hearing our name. Either way, welcome — strap in and buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride.
The Sweat Life is a lifestyle brand, online magazine, and video series, focused on empowering you to live your best life. Through the lens of health, wellness, and fitness, we present you with all the different options to work out and stay healthy in New York City and beyond – without ever losing focus on the importance of having fun. Our motto? Trust Us. Find You.
So why are we doing this, you ask? Let me back it up, and tell you a little bit about me. My name is Aly Teich. I’m a native Manhattanite (read: apologies or high fives in advance). I have been an athlete since the day I was born. My mother still loves to tell the story of how her fifth and largest (read: 10 pounds) baby came tumbling out of her womb doing a double back flip with a twist. This was the start of what would be a rather long and moderately successful athletic career (read: I like to say I peaked in 6th grade when I won the annual 600 meter dash - which was a VERY big deal at the time, but maybe I should be prouder of my three completed marathons). I also grew up in a medical family, and by age 9, I could be found flipping through my dad’s many medical journals, and already wondering about the effect of gluten (read: nerd).
The majority of my career has been in media. I’ve been lucky to work at some of the best TV shows, production companies, networks, and publications over the years. (Read: I got cooler.) However, my passion for health, wellness, and fitness never waned, and as so many things in life go, it took a major event for me to finally decide to dedicate my life to helping people lead healthier lives themselves.
In 2010, my mother, Vivian (lovingly known as Viv), was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer, and the little “You have cancer, now what?” pamphlet we were (not) given at the hospital didn’t help. Even at one of the premier cancer centers in the nation, there was no conversation about treating my mother’s overall health or even treating her as an individual. They were just interested in a standardized approach to her cancer, offering up a simple solution — chemotherapy — to a complex problem.
When I started to look outside of the hospital walls, I realized this is a universal problem in how we talk and think about health: magazines offering ways to lose 10 pounds in a week; masters cleanses that promise to clear out years of eating junk; and imagery convincing us every day that being thin is the key to being healthy and happy. None of this is what being healthy is really about.
There is no silver bullet. There is no best diet. There is no best workout. There is no best body. There is no best of ANYTHING. There is only what is best for you. YOU have to love it in order for it to be sustainable. And it has to be sustainable in order for it to work. And this is just what we hope to help you discover - your own personal Sweat Life (read: a happy, balanced, and healthy life).
Hence our motto and first “theme” - Trust us. Find You.
Why should you trust us? Well, first of all, we are personally going to try everything and anything we talk about. If I haven’t tried it myself, then you will be hearing directly from someone who has - these will be our contributors, ranging from experts in their fields to ordinary people sharing their own experiences. Second, we are not going to make you any promises or set you up to fail in any way — because there is no failure when designing your own life! (Third, really I think “trust” is an overstatement, so more like, proceed with trusting caution.)
Find you. Now here is the key to what The Sweat Life is all about. While we hope to offer you honest and informative guidance, all while being hilarious, entertaining, engaging, relatable, and motivating - it’s up to you to choose what will actually work for you and your own life. Because if it doesn’t work for you, well, it just won’t work.
Thank you for taking this journey with us, and we can’t wait to hear about how you found your Sweat Life.
Until next time,
Founder, CEO, and Host
The Sweat Life
Ps. Five years later, my mother is still fighting strong. You’ll even be hearing from her this week on the Sweat Life!